Roundup: Arizona is elite

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Arizona

So much composure! Despite starting the game 0-10 from the field, Nick Johnson came up huge in the clutch, scoring all 15 of his points in the final three minutes and Arizona survived Johnson’s nightmare shooting night to advance to the Elite Eight with a 70-64 victory over San Diego State. On the local news front, Bruce Pascoe reports that the Wildcats grabbed the opportunity. Arizona-Wisconsin should be one for the ages.

UCLA

Yeah, UCLA lost to Florida for the fourth time in eight years in the NCAA tournament with a 79-68 defeat Thursday night (you could say that UCLA got swamped by Florida again), but at least Norman Powell went coast-to-coast for this jam. Hashtag filthy.

Stanford

Stanford started the night off with an 82-72 loss to Dayton, a game in which defense let Stanford down in the Sweet 16 loss. The Flyers couldn’t miss from deep in the first half and had great dribble penetration in the second. Also, did you see Richard Sherman and Condoleezza Rice chat at the Stanford-Dayton game?

Colorado

Colorado faces UTEP Friday night in a third-round WNIT tilt in El Paso, and a hostile environment awaits the Buffs: UTEP is 19-2 at home this year. If they win Friday night, the Buffs will meet up with Washington in the quarterfinals.

California

A couple of days late here, but congrats to Cal’s Missy Franklin for winning the top sportswoman honor – the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year. She is the youngest winner of the award at 18.

Arizona State

The desert rivals just squared off in baseball earlier this week, and now Arizona State softball faces rival Arizona in a powerhouse series.

Washington

I don’t know about you, but I’d say now is a pretty good time to get mic’d up with Washington offensive line coach Chris Strausser.

Washington State

Washington State kicked off spring football Thursday, so it’s time that Mike Leach and the Cougars get back to work.

Oregon

As the Ducks ready themselves for spring football, Oregon returns with top-5 expectations and faces key questions. Replacing depth in the secondary and on the defensive line is chief among the Quacks’ concerns.

Oregon State

Oregon State is preparing to hit the spring gridiron as well, so here are some storylines for Oregon State spring practice. New offensive coordinator in town – how will the attack function under John Garrett?

Utah

Over in the SLC, wide receiver Kenneth Scott is eager to get back into the mix for Utah. He suffered a season-ending ankle injury in the season opener against Utah State last season.

USC

On a final football tip, it appears as though USC safety Su’a Cravens is eager for a leadership role. Freshman All-American in 2013.

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